Abzan Tokens by silenttrigger at MtGO PTQ – 19th
4 Anointer Priest
One common theme that we have seen through the opening weeks of Ixalan Standard is old Standard favorites from formats past coming back thanks to new and exciting additions provided by Ixalan. Constrictor decks, Ramunap Red, and U/W Approach are all viable strategies in this format thanks to powerful new additions. The deck we’re featuring today comes from Sam Black’s W/B Tokens deck that was on the periphery of the format for a while, but just couldn’t quite have its breakthrough.
Primarily, this deck’s real power comes from two enchantments: Anointed Procession and Hidden Stockpile. Anointed Procession doubles the amount of tokens that you produce. Since this deck is looking to play the long (read: VERY long) game, having this sort of effect certainly gets its value every time it is played. Hidden Stockpile is a valuable token-producer and card filterer that sits on the board and (similarly) gains value over the many turns that games with this deck last.
As for the token producers in this deck, this deck doesn’t like to go all in and dump its hand on the board, but rather prefers to make a token turn after turn. Because of this, Vraska, Relic Seeker is an extremely valuable inclusion for this deck. Its ability to make a token while ticking up on loyalty, killing creatures, and threatening a powerful ultimate makes Vraska the perfect card to fill a hole that this deck had before. Similarly, Legion’s Landing is also an excellent new inclusion from Ixalan. It’s a 1 mana 1/1 on its surface, but it’s easy to flip, and offers a consistent turn-after-turn token generator on its back side.
To supplement this long, late game-driven strategy, this deck plays a few different cards to present different problems to the opponent. Anointer Priest allows this deck to gain a ton of life as the game progresses, frequently putting the game out of reach for the opponent. Fumigate is a card that you normally don’t associate with Tokens decks, but it’s an incredibly powerful option in this one, due to the fact that the tokens this deck produces come from sources that stay on the battlefield. Lastly, Gideon of the Trials offers a consistent way to lock down the opponent’s best creature and a powerful attacker in its own right.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
-1 Lost Legacy
This is day 280 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 279 here, where we featured a Standard midrange deck that looks to get a powerful board presence and out-value the opponent.
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